Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by philipt:
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
750ml bottle, 11/01 on the cork (perhaps bottling date???)
Duvel introduced me to great Belgian ales, Chimay made me love great Belgian ales. This beer reminds me why I drive 2 hours to the nearest retailer that sales Chimay; it also make the trip completely worthwhile.
The complexity in smell and taste are unmatched by any beer I've sampled (I do have a Westvleteren 12 yet to be tried). Pours dark garnet in color with an initial sizeable sand colored head. I can smell the sweetness of the malt mixed with the floral Belgian yeast aroma. I also capture a hint of the alcohol contained in this magnificent beast. The carbonation is rather lively on the tongue and lightens the beer quite a bit, expecially for a beer of this gravity. At first, it is sweet followed by a balanced sourness. The alcohol bite demands quick attention. There is a bready/biscuit-esque quality to the taste. The Chimay yeast provides the benchmark Belgian yeast flavor addition. Floral, estery, malty, sour, slightly hoppy. This beer runs the gamut of the beer desciption. Finishes somewhat dry.
Just an incredible beer. If this beer were readily available, I'd have a home stock at all times, but, unfortunely, wouldn't value this beer as much. Let me say it one last time, an incredible beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2003 15:43:47 | More by philipt
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4.13/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle served in Chimay chalice glass
Notes taken on 02/28/14
A: Thick sponge-like topping of khaki suds covers over a murky looking reddish brown body. Very compact head with impressive hang time and only some minor streaks of lace left scattered across the glass. Looks quite appetizing.
S: Smells of warm bread and kitchen spices with some rum soaked raisins. There is a light mineral quality to it with some mild alcohol and yeast esters to finish out the nose. Really nice malt and yeast complexities in the aroma.
T: Tastes of bready malts with loads of dried fruit notes like raisin, plum, and figs. Has that Belgian candi sugar sweetness to it but it stays more on the dry side without cloying. Spicy but not particularly clove like phenols which is nice. More of a peppery spice with some loamy earth and banana peel there. Low to moderate bitterness with some perceptible alcohol noted. Really nice and balanced overall.
M: Very creamy and soft with a moderate filling quality. Well carbed with a high amount of spritz on the palate. Finishes lightly dry and a touch thin however this is very clean overall. Some ABV warmth noted.
D: My favorite of the Chimay trinity. A really well done BSD and world class for a reason. Worth multiple visits.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 21:07:32 | More by Nugganooch
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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